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Mother of Mine (2005)

Äideistä parhain (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 30 September 2005 (Finland)
During World War II, more than 70,000 Finnish children were evacuated to neutral Sweden to avoid the conflict. From the award-winning Klaus Härö (Elina - Som om jag inte fanns (2002)), "... See full summary »

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Topi Majaniemi ...
Eero Lahti
Marjaana Maijala ...
Kirsti Lahti - Eeron äiti
Maria Lundqvist ...
Signe Jönsson - äiti Ruotsissa
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Hjalmar Jönsson - isä Ruotsissa
Esko Salminen ...
Eero Lahti - nykyaika
Aino-Maija Tikkanen ...
Kirsti Lahti - nykyaika
Kari-Pekka Toivonen ...
Lauri - Eeron isä
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Isoisä Ruotsissa
Penny Elvira Loftéen ...
Siv - naapurintyttö
Ia Langhammer ...
Anna
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Gunnar
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Rouva Grevnäs
Åsa Persson ...
Opettajatar
Gustav Wiklund ...
Pappi
Patrick Henriksen ...
Tuomas - kotiavustaja
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During World War II, more than 70,000 Finnish children were evacuated to neutral Sweden to avoid the conflict. From the award-winning Klaus Härö (Elina - Som om jag inte fanns (2002)), "Mother of Mine" tackles that painful patch of history in a tale of 9-year-old Eero, a child who increasingly feels abandoned by his biological Finnish mother and yet not attached to his Swedish surrogate mom. When he is returned to Finland, his confusion intensifies. Written by Anonymous

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€2,900,000 (estimated)
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Like the main character Eero, writer Heikki Hietamies was a war-child and was evacuated from Finland to Skåne, Sweden. See more »

Soundtracks

Vart Land (Finnish National Anthem)
Written by Johan Ludvig Runeberg & Fredrik Pacius
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Brilliant!
5 February 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Toronto International Film Festival in September '05, near the end of the festival. By that time, I have seen enough, and I am quite critical: I will walk out on films (I almost never do that!), or resent a mediocre film for wasting my precious TIFF time.

Not this film. I can't think of a reason why I shouldn't give this beautiful film a 10. It had me literally from the opening shot, right through to the credits. When I see a film like this, it makes me wonder what American film makers are doing, offering rehashes of stuff we saw thirty years ago (think Batman, Star Wars, even King Kong).

Here is a wonderful story, gut wrenching at times, painful to see, but compelling. Maria Lundqvist as Signe is amazing to watch, as is Topi Majaniemi as Eero. Michael Nyqvist (Hjalmer) is sublime in the supporting role.

Beautiful cinematography, fabulous acting, a great thought provoking story. What more could you ask for at the cinema?

My final comment on "Mother of Mine:" Find a way to see this film.


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